Former Italy CT Antonio Conte defends his record at Chelsea, while aiming a jab at rival Jose Mourinho.
The former Juventus Coach is expected to leave Stamford Bridge at the end of the season, and has been linked with the Napoli job.
“We worked two years and worked very hard to try to build something, to create a base,” Conte said in today’s Press conference when asked if he’d improved the Blues.
“I think you remember. Last season after a 10th place we won the league. It was difficult. We worked very hard, but we won.
“After a 10th place finish. Now, probably, you can finish fifth and start with a bit of an advantage compared to when you finish 10th.”
Conte has repeatedly sparred with Manchester United manager Mourinho this season, and it was he who was in charge at the start of the 2015-16 season when Chelsea came 10th.
“Don’t forget two years ago, Chelsea ended the season 10th and not in the FA Cup final, not in the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup and they were eliminated in the last-16 against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. It can happen.
“You must know that there is this possibility, because you play in a strong league. For this reason, you have to know this and prepare in the right way.
“There are six top teams at the start of the season ready to fight for a place in the Champions League. It can happen. In the past, it happened the same.”
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